America’s Broken Immigration System

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This past week the PBS program Frontline debuted a powerful documentary on America’s broken immigration system. “Lost in Detention” exposed abuses in the immigration detention centers around the country. The episode also shed a powerful light on the human side of the immigration debate.

If you are ministering to Latinos in the United States, whether on the college campus, among teenagers, or in the community you owe it to the people you are shepherding to learn more about this issue. You have to get to know their stories. You have to understand what it is like to be undocumented in America.

One of the most powerful statistics in the video was when they shared that 5.5 million children in America have at least one parent who is undocumented. Regardless of where you stand politically on this issue, what does that do to a family when one of the parents is deported but the kids are not?

Odds are when you are launching a Destino movement on a university campus you will meet many students who have undocumented relatives. Some will even have had people they know be deported. You may never know which students that is true of, but the issue is so big you can’t ignore it.

Learn their stories. Love people. “Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.” (Proverbs 31:8)

Watch the Video:

Watch Lost in Detention on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

photo courtesy: Anuska Sampedro

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Posted on October 26, 2011

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A white guy who believes Latinos will change the world, Destinoeric served with Destino from 2008-2013. You can read more of his posts here or on twitter.

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